Strong cold front bulldozes the nice weather away, bringing showers, gusty winds and a return to near-normal temperatures
Greetings everyone, and Happy Veteran’s Day to all! It is a pleasure to be back and covering the Weather Journal blog for Kevin while he takes some time off early this week.
When we woke up this morning we could tell a big change in weather is in store! After a fabulous weekend of prolific warmth and sunshine, a cold front brings a return to classic November weather by this time tomorrow. The dense cloud cover was the first clue of the changes to come, along with some reports of light showers in Blacksburg this morning. Today we continue the warm trend thanks to nice southerly flow, but not the sunny trend. Temperatures will still climb into the mid-60s (well above average), but we stay under these thick clouds that are advancing out ahead of the cold front. As the cold front nears, expect the chance for some showers to increase from west to east along with an increase in winds. The current radar as of 11 a.m. shows the broad area of precipitation associated with the front marching its way east. [The Hydrometeorological Prediction Center forecasts the potential for close to 0.5” of rain for our area through tomorrow morning.] The forecast map shows the front entering our region right around dinner time this evening. The heaviest rain will occur this evening and overnight before gradually tapering off toward the morning from west to east. If you have evening plans, make sure to pack an umbrella! Overnight lows will depend on the speed of the front. Areas impacted first will have longer to cool down behind the front, causing temperatures to dip into the mid-30s west of the Blue Ridge, but should remain in the 40s for locations east.
As the cold front exits our area east tomorrow morning, it will take the precipitation and cloud cover with it but leave behind gusty northwest winds and colder temperatures. Expect partly cloudy skies tomorrow and a return to near normal temperatures for this time of year with highs in the mid-40s west to low 50s closer to the Piedmont. With nearly a 20-degree difference in high temperatures compared to the weekend, we’ll be back to status quo in terms of climate normals, but it doesn’t mean we have to be happy about it!